Saturday, September 4, 2010
Denard Robinson delivers potential dagger
By Adam Rittenberg
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson completed 45.2 percent of his passes last season.
The stat is worth repeating after what Robinson has done to Connecticut's secondary today. He entered the game with major questions about his passing ability, and has answered them emphatically. Robinson is 17 of 19 passing for 172 yards as Michigan leads UConn 30-10 with 11 minutes to go.
Sure, you'll see Robinson's running ability on the highlights later today and Sunday. But his passing skills, especially in the second half, have proven to be the difference in a likely Michigan win.
Robinson led another long touchdown drive -- 11 plays, 89 yards -- and completed several big throws, including a 38-yarder to Terrence Robinson after an excellent pump fake. On third-and-6 from the Connecticut 11, Rich Rodriguez made a perfect call on a Huskies blitz and Robinson flipped the ball to Vincent Smith for an easy touchdown. Robinson doesn't resemble the passer we saw last season, both with his accuracy and his decision-making.
Michigan's defense still has some issues with tackling and spacing, but the J.T. Floyd forced fumble near the goal line is looming large.